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I love.... God, hubby, my posse of kids, wool, jelly beans, quilting, my Canon 50d, watermelon, fabric, Philadelphia Soft Pretzels, TastyCakes, my Bunco girls, laughing, my chickens, antique quilts, buttons, sewing, photography, freshly bathed babies, camping, the sound of snow falling at night, Fiestaware, Elm Creek Quilt books, and a whole lot more! I am a Pastor's wife,a homeschooling mom, a proud Navy mom, and am just downright busy!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Blue & Gold - or- What Was I Thinking?

Either is an appropriate name for this quilt for Hunk #1. Since he's attending the USNA, starting July 1, I thought I'd make him a quilt for graduation with the colors of blue & gold - USNA colors. I found a cute pattern in my stash, 'looks easy enough' I thought. BEEP BEEP _ No, it's not! It's not an easy pattern! UGH!

The fabric was easy enough to buy, it was easy enough to iron, measure, measure again, and cut. It was easy enough to sew, cut, and iron. But when you realize there's a method to the maddness, yikes, run!

I hate ripping. Really. I really do. And I did a lot on this one. Ripping certainly humbles a person.

Anyway, it's done! Finished! I sent it off to Kristina at FroggyBottomQuilting.blogspot.com and she miraculously saved the day (as usual) with her wonderful long arm talent!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


One of my favorite shots! This is at Ocean Beach in San Diego. Went with the girls & hunk #1 5/21 - 5/23. We shot a class reunion and got to spend some time on r&r. It was loads of fun!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Award NIght

Monday, May 17th, was the Senior Award Banquet at Del Sol Highschool here in the desert.
Hunk # 1 received many awards, such as High Honors Diploma, President's Award for Academic Excellence, Robert Byrd Scholarship, the Millenium Scholarship, $48k Merit Scholarship to the Colorado School of Mines... and more.
Mrs. Kayleen Denning, the Blue & Gold Officer for the USNA presented hunk #1 with the official Appointment to the U.S. Navel Academy! My hubby and I were so proud of him, esp. hearing all the student body yell and scream and cheer him on!
'And it's my blog, and I'll boast if I want to, boast if I want to, you would boast too if it happened to you!'

we (heart) him so much!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weekends Away!

Weekend Getaway # 2 this month!
Montrose, Colorado....
I love Colorado!

Kristi's fav. featherweight

Kristi & Lori put together this 'kit' for me in January. Many hours later, it's finished!
I love it! It's called 'Colorado Kadeidescope'.

Made this one for hunk #1 for graduation. He's attending the Navel Academy and I made this in blues and golds - Navy colors.

Now off to Froggy Bottom Quilting to be finished! She's the best!

excuse me while I pack for the beach!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Puzzles in Patchwork!

Isn't she pretty!
I made this quilt top for the Timothy School Annual Fundraiser/Silent Auction Dinner & Golf Outing.
My sister-in-law has worked at this school for kids w/ autism for over 30 years!
My brother is in charge of securing items for the auction this year.
This was quilted and bound by Kristina at
and she did a wonderful, beautiful job!
The quilt measures 60" x 60" and brought in $250 for the auction!
Woot Woot!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Our dear friends Dan & Marguerite visited for lunch last week and brought me these beautiful tulips. I love them! And I love the tulips too!

Friday, May 7, 2010

happy birthday!

I flew back to Philadelphia last Saturday to visit my parents and spend my dad's 80th bday with him. You only turn 80 once you know. 30 twice, but 80 once.
They live about 10min from downtown Philadelphia, and their property is filled with wildlife. And then the animals. Deer, foxes, ground hogs, etc.

We went out to celebrate my dad's bday to the Tavern, a local favorite.
Here's Michael & Chrissie!

Here's me & my mom!

Happy Jack!

How old are you?

My dad. My dad is Jack. John D to his side of the family, but Jack to every one else. My dad is an attorney and is well known and respected in his field. My dad likes to paint, do crossword puzzles, read, cook, eat, and drink. Not necessarily in that order. My dad has been retired for 9 months and 8 days. My dad has a good sense of humor and a fierce temper. My dad has turned out to be a good caretaker. My dad (I now realize) is waaaaay patient and coulda been much worse w/ us kids. My dad is the oldest of 4. My dad has 5 kids... 3 here and 2 passed away. One he never got to know at all, he didn't make it past a few minutes after childbirth. My dad likes his quiet place at Conomo Point. My dad can eat a ton of biscuits and gravy, and bets on horses (a $1 a derby).
I've had worse
Enough is as good as a feast.
Get it? Got it? Good.
Carol, where's the scotch?


Went to lunch w/ my brother, went to lunch w/ great friend Donna, went to lunch w/ oldest friend Anita! (she's not old, just known her the longest, since we were babies!) We still pick up the conversations where we left off, and not much has changed. As crazy as we were, we still ended up w/ great hubbies and great kids. They don't need to know the rest!